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by hummingbirdstones
Jun 22, 2024 0:10:05 GMT -5
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Post here if you're having technical issues with the forum software and need help, or if your account has incorrectly been flagged as spam and restricted. Guests with difficulty registering or members who have become locked out should email for help: admin @ rock tumbling . com (no spaces)

260 2,288 Why can’t I post on marketplace?
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Jun 12, 2024 6:58:46 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 43 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

Sub-board: Rock Tumbling Tutorials

6,182 77,877 Tumbling Blue Amphibole - Mohs 5-6 ?
by andyiii
Jun 21, 2024 19:52:13 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 36 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

4,240 58,992 Carnival batch
by dshanpnw
Jun 21, 2024 18:38:18 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 14 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

Sub-board: Creating Cabochons Tutorials

12,325 166,637 In the buff
by miket
Jun 21, 2024 23:01:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 23 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

Sub-board: Wire Wrapping Tutorials

5,179 66,921 May/June 2024 Wire Wrapper's Challenge
by drocknut
Jun 21, 2024 18:16:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 4 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

Sub-board: Metal Smithing Tutorials

1,109 15,457 Not a precious metal but still smithing.
by Starguy
Jun 21, 2024 11:36:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.) - 4 Viewing

Show off your special projects, or finished pieces you created using alternative methods or materials, as you expand your creativity beyond simple lapidary

1,702 25,698 Meteorite Knife - Finished!
by realrockhound
Jun 21, 2024 14:50:37 GMT -5
No New Posts Flat Lap Polishing Methods (displays, cabs, faceting, etc.) - 4 Viewing

Share your flat lapidary techniques and outcomes! Discuss machines, grit sequences, polishing compounds, and showcase your polished flat polished rocks and gems.

140 1,876 Questions about Covington 16 inch Vibrating Lap
by roy
Jun 12, 2024 10:06:47 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 6 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

Sub-board: Rock Carving Tutorials

373 5,156 AI generated Cameos
by rockjunquie
Jun 3, 2024 15:53:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making - 2 Viewing

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

184 3,055 3" obsidian sphere
by 1dave
Jun 21, 2024 9:55:11 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 5 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

883 6,137 Giant Horned Lokiceratops
by 1dave
Jun 21, 2024 10:13:45 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 14 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

14,056 154,099 Geode exterior prepping
by herb
Jun 21, 2024 20:17:15 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 12 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,589 68,330 This is a good day....(Photo Heavy)
by hummingbirdstones
Jun 22, 2024 0:28:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 8 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


2,394 28,502 WIP making a cheap micro grinder
by aGates
Jun 22, 2024 0:31:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Specimens and Themed Threads - 6 Viewing

Show us your rock specimens that are destined for a display case, or take part in our shared theme threads such as the very popular Thunderegg Thursdays, and Coprolite. Start one of your own and lets see if it grows.

3,675 47,157 COPROLITE
by RWA3006
Jun 21, 2024 19:21:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 4 Viewing

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,252 13,733 News Item: Busted for digging Dino on Federal land
by ThomasT
Jun 21, 2024 13:32:33 GMT -5
No New Posts The Meteorites Board - 1 Viewing

The meteorite board is a gathering space where meteorite enthusiasts, collectors, researchers, and artists engage in discussions, share knowledge, and showcase their passion for these extraterrestrial relics. Through a dynamic array of threads, members exchange insights on meteorite identification, classification, scientific research, creative applications, and collecting experiences.

37 375 Meteorite Showers & Storms
by wargrafix
May 6, 2024 14:36:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 9 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

3,498 29,963 Metalic Jasper???
by hummingbirdstones
Jun 21, 2024 23:47:42 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,994 137,653 A walk in the woods
by rocknrob
Jun 20, 2024 23:56:57 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 6 Viewing

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

828 30,628 *~ NOW OPEN ~* Cabochon Contest, June 2024 Theme: Dendritic!
by realrockhound
Jun 19, 2024 17:33:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 17 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

3,090 36,957 2024 Prineville Rockhound Powwow
by roy
Jun 20, 2024 13:05:49 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,413 11,954 Monsterslayer is Closing
by hummingbirdstones
Jun 20, 2024 20:59:53 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 17 Viewing

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,858 33,430 Highland park 8" cabber for sale
by lapidary1234
Jun 22, 2024 1:09:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 22 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

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by amygdule
Jun 21, 2024 23:47:29 GMT -5


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